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Understanding The Process Of Mulching With Bark Chippings

The process of mulching is one that can be extremely beneficial to our gardens and most experienced gardeners will utilise it to get the best results.  However, for those that are just starting out in the world of gardening, mulching and the benefits that it offers are somewhat of a grey area.  Here we seek to remove the mystery around mulching whilst using bark chippings as an example. 

Laying your mulch

In order to gain the many benefits that mulch can provide you must lay an even layer over your soil area, around your trees and plants.  The process is very simple and once your bark chippings have been laid you can sit back and enjoy the benefits.  The only time you will need to carry out any more work is if the bark chippings begin to deteriorate; in which case you will just need to add some more when it starts looking a bit sparse. 

Understanding the rewards

Using bark chippings as a covering first serves to prevent the Sun’s rays from reaching the soil.  This helps as it means that any weeds present in your beds will not receive the sunlight that they need to grow.  In addition bark chippings will retain water following rain, before slowly releasing the moisture into your garden beds and naturally watering your plants and trees.  This slow release is a friendly way of watering your garden and prevents damage that can occur when soil becomes waterlogged.  As water drains from bark chippings and into soil, it takes with it nutrients that help to improve the richness of your soil; making it more suitable for growing. 

Aesthetic benefits

As well as having advantages surrounding the protection and cultivation of your trees and plants, bark chippings as mulch also have an attractiveness that should not be overlooked.  In addition to suppressing weeds, bark chippings also offer a uniformity to flower beds that can keep your garden looking tidy with minimum effort.